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How To Fix Your Seasonal Allergies


Your Immune System and Allergies


“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”Helen Keller

I have had seasonal allergies since I was twelve or thirteen years old. For months in the springtime, I locked myself inside the house and turned to drugs and steroids that harmed my immune system. This seemed to be what everybody did and I did the same because I had nowhere else to look.

After I discovered the power that cultured foods held for me, I went on a search-and-destroy mission to fix and heal these springtime allergies that made me feel like the world was coming to an end. It took me seven or eight years to work with my body to understand what was actually happening. The process of healing was a long one because there was much to learn and I continue to do so.

When your body has a reaction to pollen, your body sees pollen as a foreign invader and then overreacts by sending out inflammatory substances to compensate. Allergic symptoms are often nothing more than the body’s reaction to stress. The cells in our bodies have previously learned how to successfully cope with whatever stresses we presently have. It is already built into our genes, chromosomes, and DNA.

Grandfather of Allergy

Britain’s oldest physician, Dr Bill Frankland, is 105 years old and has been dubbed the “Grandfather of Allergy.” He is best known for inventing the pollen count and getting the news media to report it locally. Frankland discovered that an allergic reaction is due to a malfunctioning immune system. This discovery has helped many in the treatment of allergies. His life reads like a novel. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1941 and was sent to Singapore just seven days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. A year later, he was sent to the notorious Changi POW camp where he suffered as a prisoner for 3 1/2 years before he was set free. In 1979, he cared for the brutal leader of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. “I got a call to see the new president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. They told me he had an allergy and he was being treated with various desensitizing injections,” Dr. Frankland told the Daily Mail. “But he wasn’t allergic at all — his problem was that he was smoking 40 cigarettes a day.” Dr Frankland told Hussein if he wouldn’t quit smoking he wouldn’t work with him anymore. He added, “I heard some time later that he had had a disagreement with his secretary of state for health, so he took him outside and shot him. Maybe I was lucky.”

Vitamin C trains our immune system

I have learned a lot about my immune system’s response to pollen.  My research in this area is ongoing, and has me constantly amazed at how our bodies talk and communicate with us. When my adrenal glands are overworked and exhausted by the stress of life, I’ve discovered ways to support them and then I begin to heal. One thing I have learned is how vitamin C trains our immune system to function properly. Vitamins B and C are both water soluble which means they dissolve in water, and these vitamins and nutrients dissolve quickly in the body. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins are carried to the body’s tissues, but the body cannot store them. When you’re under stress and your body is reacting to pollen, your adrenals will use up these vitamins fast and cry for more! You need vitamin C, and lots of it throughout the day, when you’re struggling with pollen. Not just any kind of vitamin C, but whole foods that have lots of vitamin C. If you supplement with vitamin C tablets and don’t take it in a natural form, it can be hard on the kidneys, so I caution against this. One of the ways to accomplish this is to eat cultured foods – especially cultured vegetables. High in vitamin C, I have cultured veggies as a snack, with meals, or by themselves throughout the day to keep my hungry adrenals healthy and fed. Kefir has vitamin C as well as B vitamins which are also nutrients needed by your adrenals. I have lots of extra options and fun ways to get extra vitamin C — see recipes below.

OJ in stores is not real!

Another thing I do to get more vitamin C is to eat oranges or lemons or make some fresh-squeezed juices. Don’t use canned or store bought because it’s not the same thing. Check this out and try not to freak out about 100% natural OJ in the stores. It’s not the real stuff!! I love to have a small glass of freshly squeezed OJ for breakfast or a bowl of kefir with cut up oranges or lemons. For lunch, I’ll often make some lemonade from a few lemons, stevia, and water and sip on it throughout the day. Local honey to sweeten your lemonade will often help with allergies as well.

Your cells think sugar is vitamin C

One of the things I want to teach you if you have pollen allergies is to ditch sugar. It will make your allergies a thousand times worse and diminish your immune system as well. Vitamin C is used by white blood cells to engulf and absorb viruses and harmful bacteria and keep your immune system strong when it thinks it’s under an attack from things such as pollen. White blood cells need to contain 50 times the concentration of vitamin C as would normally be found in the blood around it. Sugar or glucose has a very similar chemical structure to vitamin C; so when you eat sugar, your cells hungrily take in the sugar thinking it is vitamin C. The 50% concentration of vitamin C in your cells starts to drop and your immune system’s normal capabilities are reduced by 75%. It can take four to six hours for the vitamin C concentration in the white blood cells to go back to the normal concentration and to be able to function at the highest level again. So it’s not a great idea to eat any kind of sugar, and especially if you’re suffering with seasonal allergies, because the white blood cells can’t get past the sugar to do their job.

Healthy Gut Flora and B Vitamins

Another key component in keeping your immune system running strong is to supply your adrenals with not only Vitamin C but B vitamins too. Healthy gut flora will synthesize B vitamins, enzymes, and proteins so that we are never depleted. When the gut flora is out of balance, this production is impaired and you won’t be able to properly absorb B vitamins. It is crucial to be aware of the importance of probiotics in your diet to help repopulate healthy gut flora allowing you to get all the key vitamins your body needs. B and C vitamins are abundant in cultured foods – kefir, cultured veggies, and kombucha. In contrast, processed foods and sugars deplete B and C vitamins and spike insulin in a dramatic way, adversely affecting your adrenal glands.

I noticed when I first started eating cultured foods that my allergy symptoms were greatly reduced, but they did not go away completely. Each year that I ate these foods, I noticed that the time I had my allergies was shortened – by about one week each year. What started out as two to three months of symptoms eventually was only three to five days of symptoms. This was a huge improvement, but I still needed to add extra vitamins and cultured foods during allergy season to keep everything running smoothly.

Ginger apple shots for allergies

I work hard to keep allergies at bay, but if ever I have a flare up I do a ginger shot! I learned this from “The Juice Master,” Jason Vale, who claimed he got rid of his severe hay fever with ginger shots. I tried it and it worked for me too! The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger work with your immune system to reduce a histamine response. Try the ginger shot recipe if you need results fast. It works!

Don’t bring back symptoms

Eating processed foods or sugar and neglecting to nourish my adrenals will bring back symptoms and this reminds me to stay the course. Taking walks outside and smelling the flowers is something I am very grateful for. Nothing is impossible and I found answers to this forty-year seasonal ailment that now allow me to go outside and not be a prisoner in my own home.

Below are a few of my springtime allergy prescription recipes. These are the foods I consume that keep me strong, especially in the springtime. Don’t you just love food and the body and how they work together? We need each other, we need food that nourishes the body, and we need to listen to this body that gives us constant feedback on how we’re doing. It’s the sweetest way to live your life.

New eBook for my Biotic Pro Members!

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? For many people, it’s seasonal allergies. However, there is hope!!! We have a new eBook: Cultured Foods for Allergy Season. Check out 30+ recipes for the foods that Donna makes that helped her conquer her seasonal allergies! You need to be a Biotic Pro member to get it, so sign up today!

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Pick foods that your body will love and you will shine from within.🌞

Here are 3 of the recipes that you can find in my Cultured Foods for Allergy Season eBook:

Apple Ginger Shot
Frozen Lemon and Kefir

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48 Responses to "How To Fix Your Seasonal Allergies"
  1. Never got your email book, would love it thank you.
    Question Would it work to do the powdered version of E3Live its called E3AFA by same co. ? Also I’am a vegan only because of diverticulitis , I have to never mix food combinations together or if I do I get an attack. They say you can after 3 hours but I’ve waited 6 hours between meat and starchy carbs and I came down with a attacks so because of so many attacks a few years ago I gave of meat and dairy products. Im doing cultured foods now also. So taking the beef liver tabs in morning by themselves or with cultured veggies how long do you think it would take to digest the tabs ? Because their in a powdered form it would be way faster then cooked liver I know . I can eat non starchy veggies with meat but I don’t , afraid of a attack. l’ve had to many attacks and they would like to cut out part of the colon but im trying to heal it and all the inflamation that causes the attacks. Like I said I’m vegan and am eating lot of cultured veggies and Kombucha and water kefer. Oh the liver tabs would be for the 3 month seasonal allergies I get. Thank you for your help. Orv

    • I have not used the powder version of e3 so I am not entirely sure. I think if you add the liver tabs with cultured foods it would speed the whole process up because it gives you the bacteria and enzymes to digest it. But I am not exactly sure how long it would take. They would digest faster in this form than actual liver especially with the cultured veggies. Let me know how you do and I would take a lot of those liver tabs they will help you heal. Up to 9 a day and you can take three at a time throughout the day and the e3 too. Have a cultured food every time you eat it will help you greatly. I sent you an email with the ebook links.

  2. Thank you for your post. I am severely allergic to mushrooms and not sure if the drink you mentions contains mushrooms. I do drink lots of dairy kefir but Lifeway from the grocery store. Do you have any other drink ideas? Thank you

  3. Donna, you are a wealth of information, thank you for sharing. I have an autistic son (17 yrs.) and have been trying for years to heal him. He now has cultured coconut milk (using your grains), cultured coconut water kefir and cultured veggies. The e3 live has a great amount of B-12 as you mentioned and autistic kids tend to lack this vitamin. Also, the desiccated liver tabs would be wonderful for his diet. If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

  4. Oh, and regarding all the B vitamins, my blood work is showing very high levels of B! I don’t gorge on protein, and take a low dose multi and bone broth – I’m wondering if my gut is damaged to the point where it cannot metabolize fully.

  5. Hi Donna,

    Love this latest post, and although I don’t suffer from terrible seasonal allergies, I have lousy gut bacteria still, even after many months of eating fermented vegetables. I fear I have deeper digestion issues, and am meeting with a practitioner to address this. Thank YOU for starting the ball rolling with the fermented vegetables.

    A question: how do you feel about taking fermented vegetables and/or probiotics without food, say first thing in the morning? There seems to be a wide variety of views on this.

    Thanks again!



  6. Donna, I have a 6 year old son who suffers from allergies that seem to be nearly year-long. I already have him drinking kombucha and kefir and kraut juice on a daily basis, is the E3Live something kids can take, are you familiar with that aspect of it? Thank you so much for this site! 🙂

  7. Hi Donna. I am wondering how you drank kombucha (which has caffeine), with adrenal issues. I have been finding myself staying away from even green tea, which has less caffeine.

  8. Hello Donna,
    Thank you for sharing your stories and life style.
    I have addisons disease, SIADH, overgrowth of bad bacteria in my small intestines. I just received your book and have started to read some of it. I am little overwhelmed by it all really and wondering what would be the best place for me to start. Any recommendation or thoughts ? I am also on a gluten free diet and mostly try to buy organic and GMO free, as well as grass-feed meats. I do buy the Fab Ferments products ( not sure if you have heard of them, they are local in Ohio) and few others things. I have started my own sourdough starter with just gluten free AP flour and spring water. I am on a very low budget so sometimes this is a challenge to say the least and a college student with little time. Thank you for your help and input .
    Kelly M.

  9. Donna,

    You’re inspirational! A friend got me interested, then hooked up with kefir cultures and a scoby. To prepare for the “cultured life” I got your book; I’ve read some parts a few times already. Unfortunately, I still have some questions. Can you help?

    Like you, I’ve tried all types of diets. I’d like to think that adding cultured foods to my diet will have the same results as you’ve experience, but from my previous diet experiences I’m skeptical. Still, I’m committed to trying cultured foods. My question/concern has to do with calories – I’m using the milk kefir (whole milk) and wondered whether a cup of kefir is equivalent in calories/fat as a cup of whole milk.

    My other question has to do with how much kefir or kombucha should/can I consume? Is there such a thing as too much? [Like you were, I’m also a diet soda drinker and would like to replace this habit with kombucha – but I drink 2 liters of diet soda a day and worried that 2 liters may be too much kombucha tea.]

    • The sugar is eaten out of the milk so the carbohydrate count is about 1% which reduces the calories in whole milk to around 110 calories.

      I would drink about about 4 to 8 ounce of kombucha and you can have more as you get use to it. The calories are about 30 for 8 ounces.

  10. Hello Donna,
    I wonder why you don’t use fermented cod liver oil since you promote Weston Price diet and they promote this oil very much.
    And I really enjoy reading on your site, it is a great inspiration for me. Thank you!

  11. Glad to have found you on FB and am planning on trying some if your recipes and getting your book . I have horrible allergies all of sudden and want to get off the meds that barely work anyway.
    Question do you think taking raw liver frozen is ok? I have been doing this for awhile. I am going to look into that other supplement as well. Thank you!

  12. Thank you Donna. I plan to sign up for the 6 month level when this other one ends. I so appreciate your story and what you use/take, as I too have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue.

    Love the idea of the E3Live too. Til we “meet” again!


  13. Is there anyone who sells e3 live by the single bottle? The company will only sell a minimum 6-bottle order. My track record with supplements isn’t great (sensitive bowel), so it would be folly for me to buy such a quantity without knowing if I would tolerate it. I would really like to try it, as I am having adrenal problems with accompanying hypoglycemia–not a good life.

  14. Hi donna,

    I’m thiniking of trying e3 live, a product alot vegan and raw foodists consume. But i’m a meat-eater and am concerned that it may not be suitable. I can’t get any info on the web saying it is not suitable for meat-eaters however most testimonials I read are from veggies, vegans or raw-foodists?

  15. When you say no sugar, does that include honey, maple syrup, and coconut? I’ve been taking cod liver, but dessicated is different? i would like to try this 🙂

  16. donna, do you take liver tabs and E3 daily year round, or only during allergy season? Do you always restrict sugar 100% or only during allergy season? thanks for your insight!

    • I do take these year round. The e3live i don’t need to but really think it gives me more energy so now I am hooked. I try to not eat a lot of sugar as a general rule but this does not happen. Especially in the summer time. I do try to not eat a lot of it and make a lot of sugar free desserts but still have it sometimes. Mostly on weekends and then just something small. You gotta live and I find when I get to strict I don’t do as well and crave it more.

  17. I’m a chronic asmatic, I control It through a plant based diet. Would this method work for dust mite allergy?

    • Crystal I have not tried it so I can’t answer this. I think the properties that are in the E3 are unique because of the way it is harvested. You could certainly try it. It is in the B vitamins and your bodies ability to absorb them that seems to make the difference. You have to have good gut flora and a constant supply of B’s to nourish and repair the stressed out adrenals. Anything that will do this will help you. But the enormous amount of B12 in E3 appears to be the key.

  18. Does anyone know if these foods and supplements are good for children? I have tried many different ways to treat my son’s seasonal allergies, he is 5 years old.

    • All of these supplements are great for children.They are mostly foods and my kids thrive on them.

  19. Thank you Donna, this is exactly what i needed to hear today! I suffer from allergies and allergy Induced asthma. you helped one person today, bless you!

  20. Hi Donna, I have really appreciated your website over the past few months for a couple of reasons! 1.) I just made my first batch of homemade kombucha today using your recipe…..so thanks so much! And 2.) yesterday, for the first time this spring, I started sneezing like crazy and I was just about to get onto the internet to see if I could find a natural remedy for spring allergies and low and behold….I got your email post! PTL! Thanks for all the great information you have and share with us.

  21. I just love your story! Thankfully, seasonal allergies don’t bother me – however, i do feel i need to nurture my adrenals a bit. I’m already doing quite a few of things you do but am glad to have your complete list to reference so i can continue to add things to my healing arsenal. thanks for your passion to share this!

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